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    From Spink's sale of July 9, 1997 Lot 1260.

    Colombia. Fernando VI Escudo (1747-56). Bogota mint. IB for John Bayley (?). KM28. Choice VF. Clipped. Plugged and marked IB for John Bayley, Philadelphia. Regulated to within a half grain of the post-Revolutionary standard for an Escudo of 2 dwt, 3 grains (51.4 grains). No edge device, planchet made nearly round by clipping. Large oval plug, flush on both sides, marked IB in rounded rectangular cartouche. This is a different mark than the IB-marked Half Joe herein and the IB-marked Half Joe in the January 2008 Stack's sale. This mark lacks a pellet, shows a thinner I, and the letters do not touch or come close to touching the edge of the cartouche. It is likewise a different mark from that used on the ANS 2 Escudos cob illustrated by Gordon on page 106, though the style of the plug and the host suggest that they are of the same regulator. These stylistic similarities underline the fact that just because two coins show different marks does not mean they were regulated by different smiths. Most major smiths owned several similar, if slightly different, versions of their mark.

    Medium yellow gold with darker encrustation within devices offering nice contrast.

    A rare and unusual regulated Escudo cob, regulated to the post-Revolutionary standard for an Escudo with astounding exactitude. This denomination is one of the rarest among the world of regulated gold. Escudos were fairly scarce in commerce, and their small size meant they tended to circulate locally. A lifetime could be spent trying to locate another regulated example of this denomination.
    From the Edward Roehrs Collection of U.S. Regulated Gold.




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